Mary Beth Bellah

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States


Taking quilting into a 3-dimensional space has been a developing refrain within my work. Embellishing the wall quilt, using non-traditional elements to extend the quilting field, then a jump off the wall in the form of my quilted teapot and quilted hand series. Word plays, puns and the intrigue of manipulating fabric suggest new interpretations to me. There are usually several layers of meaning imbedded within each piece and it usually takes more than a first glance to go beyond the initial assessment.

Why do I quilt, and why call it art? The stuffy response to this line of thinking includes references to my need for self-expression and my enthrallment with the quilting process, but in truth the real answer is it’s the best way I have of expressing myself and seeking to connect with others…I love the process as much as the resulting work of art.

In Living Color II © 2004 Mary Beth Bellah
In Living Color II
(View from bottom)
©2004
45"h x 51"w x 2"d
In Living Color II © 2004 Mary Beth Bellah
In Living Color II
(View of Autumn Colorway)
©2004
45"h x 51"w x 2"d
In Living Color II © 2004 Mary Beth Bellah
In Living Color II
(View of Spring/Summer Colorway)
©2004
45"h x 51"w x 2"d
Wanting © 2003 Mary Beth Bellah
Wanting
©2003
50"h x 41"w x 1"d
Title © 2005 Mary Beth Bellah
Holding Both Ends From the Middle
©2005
76"h x 28"w x 4"d

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